In 2013, I achieved a Master’s Degree from the University of Metaphysical Sciences of Northern California. After eight years and much prodding from my faculty advisors and my wife, I managed to get a Master of Metaphysics degree. I got letters behind my name!! But, I drug my feet pretty much all the way through the courses, and regret that I didn’t commit into the study like I should have. Even now, my goal this year is to get my Doctorate and write a book spun off of the topic I have chosen, “ Trance Work “. I’m working on it, slowly, and praying for inspiration and motivation, even now. My faults of procrastination and laziness, are what is holding me back, and I vowed this year, to “get out of my own way”. It’s my new mantra for the rest of my Life.
Recently, I was invited to take part in a local radio show in Columbus, Ohio, put on by a Shaman friend of mine, Iggy Garcia. Before the show, Iggy asked me to give him a short biography about myself to help him introduce me at the beginning of the show, and to help facilitate questions about who I am and what I do in Life. As I started to write the Bio, I had an uncontrollable urge to announce myself as a Spiritual Master, among the other talents and qualities I attest to. I stopped myself dead in my tracts. “Wait a minute”, I said. I had to ask myself, “Am I a real Spiritual Master, and what exactly is that? What does it mean to be a Spiritual Master?”
First of all, I, like everyone else, am an Earth bound spirit living in a physical body. That in itself puts up a red flag, in my opinion, to anyone calling themselves a Master of any kind. A Master, to me, is someone who has indeed Mastered an art, or a skill, or a calling and there is no denying they are an expert at that endeavor. They are the Divine Embodiment of God, in my opinion. “If I am so damn Spiritual“, I thought, “then why am I still here, going through all the mundane lessons and trials and tribulations of a Human Being?” And I wondered, Would a Spiritual Master stay here on Earth? And if so, would he be like the Dali Lama or Mother Theresa, or even Jesus, and help the poor and sick with prayers, and miracles and healings and meditations? Or would he ascend into the Heavenly realms, and work from there? What is the Path of a Spiritual Master, and am I on it?
What is a Master? A Master is someone who has achieved control, mastery of all his thoughts, feelings and acts , and to achieve complete control of all of his or her thoughts, feelings and acts ,and implies the use of special methods, a special discipline and a profound knowledge not only of the structure of a human being, but also of the forces at work within him and the correspondences between his being (his organs and his several bodies) and the different realms of nature. To be master of oneself implies, also, that one is familiar with the entities of the invisible world and the structure of the entire universe. A Master is someone who has resolved all the essential problems of life, who is free, who possesses an extremely strong will and who, above all else, is full of love, kindness, gentleness and light. What a tremendous amount of work, and what concentrated study and perseverance it takes to become a Master.!
The power of a genuine Master lies in the fact that all his actions are in perfect accord with his philosophy. He is first to practice, in his own life, what he preaches to others; he is a living example. And to be a living example is to be a fountainhead, a spring to which plants, animals and human beings are drawn. This is why there are always disciples round a Master.
Now, that is my ‘idea’ of a Master. And of coarse there are many different and diverse opinions on this. There are also other ‘qualifications’ , on this theme, I am sure. In the Witchcraft field, Magick and the Art of Manifestation, for a small example. My thoughts are what is creating my reality. I KNOW this. This is true for every Human. And if that is so, am I, or should I, consciously believe myself to be a Spiritual Master? Wouldn’t that be my Ego talking again? Did Gandhi or Buddha consciously think themselves a Master? It’s like asking the question, “was Jesus a Christian?” I think they were just Being their Divine and Authentic Self.
Being a Shaman Witch does have its advantages. It allows me to have an ‘edge’ over other people, in that I ask myself the tough questions like this, and explore the possibilities of my eternal Self, while most mundane Humans are still sleep walking and never even consider themselves greater than the normal every day existence. And in today’s society, the ones who do think and call themselves experts and Masters are living a phony lie, in order to feed their emotional Egos, and coincidentally their pocketbooks. Let’s face it, how many Reiki Masters can there be?! And I have had several Reiki treatments in my time, with little or no results.
So, I backed away from the idea of myself being a Master of any kind, and just wrote down what I am doing in this moment. Instinctively, and intellectually, I know I have much more work to do. I may never achieve being a Master in this lifetime. It may take many lifetimes to even come close to achieving anything close to that. But there is one thing that I am sure of. I am walking the Spiritual Master’s Path. Where it might lead me is anyone’s guess. But after I have concurred my Self, I will be able to know the Way.
In Love and Light,